The St John Ambulance Hastings Homeless Service aims to be accessible, approachable, and inclusive. It supports marginalised members of the community who find it difficult to access the NHS. The service provides general healthcare and first aid provision, as well as mental health support and therapeutic listening. 

St John Ambulance has just been awarded a grant of £6,200 to provide much-needed medical help for people living on the streets. The funds, provided by the Morrisons Foundation, have supported the charity’s mobile treatment centre where volunteer nurses can provide immediate emergency care to homeless people.

Nurse Coordinator for Hastings Homeless Service, Roger Nuttall, explains that the money is being used to take a twice-weekly, nurse-led, mobile clinic to where people are, treating their conditions and successfully re-engaging them with the services they need. “We are very grateful to The Morrisons Foundation for their grant, enabling us to continue this vital work.”

According to Roger Nuttall, the service has received a growing number of referrals from A&E and community agencies during the Covid-19 restrictions.  Homeless and vulnerably housed individuals have “found it increasingly difficult to access essential primary care and have been suffering with conditions requiring direct physical care such as leg ulcers and abscesses”.

St John Ambulance continue to run four clinics a week at Seaview Project in Hatherley Road.

• Mondays, 12pm-2pm: nurse consultations and specialist foot care 
• Tuesdays, 12pm-2pm: nurse consultations
• Thursdays, 10am-1pm: nurse consultations and specialist foot care
• Fridays, 12pm-2pm: nurse consultations 

The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons Supermarket in 2015 and has donated £29 million to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee, is delighted that the Morrisons Foundation has been able to help fund St John Ambulance’s vital work in Hastings.

Local charities are encouraged to visit to find out how to apply for a grant.

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